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By Jerry Irvine, EVP, CIO, Prescient Solutions
by Jerry Irvine, EVP, CIO, ...
by Jerry Irvine, EVP, CIO, Prescient Solutions October-2016
Smart-home hacking is "a problem already, ...
Smart-home hacking is "a problem already, and it's just going to continuously get worse," says Jerry Irvine, a member of the National Cyber Security Task Force, which is overseen by the National Cyber Security Partnership.
He's also the chief information officer of Prescient Solutions, a Chicago-based IT outsourcer.
"It could be a guy sitting in a car parked in your driveway, and he
turns off your alarm, and then he
goes into your house and robs you.
Or it can be downright orneriness, like causing a toilet to be continuously flushed," Irvine
If you think your home is vulnerable, Irvine
says there are numerous mainstream services, such as Best Buy's Geek Squad and others at large electronics retailers, that can ensure your smart home systems are protected with firewalls.
"They typically charge you $75 an hour and will take an hour or two," Irvine
says of such services, adding that you should make sure to change your passwords so the person who set your system up doesn't gain access to all the smart devices in your home.
Update your software.
If a device sends you a patch to protect your equipment from malware or offers some sort of software update, don't ignore it, Edelson urges.
"Deployment is sometimes a hassle, but you want to mitigate your risk and exposure the best you can," he
Besides, hassle or not, those updates are sent for a reason.
Protect your phone.
Smart homes are closely tied to smartphones, so you don't want to lose yours.
Set up safeguards in case you do.
stresses the importance of having a PIN number to lock your smartphone so others can't access it, although he
admits that for a hacker, "the PIN is nothing but a nuisance.
Leadership Team | IT Company Chicago Prescient Solutions
Jerry Irvine Prescient Solutions
Jerry Irvine \ CIO and Partner
CIO Irvine provides strategic direction for all clients, overseeing product innovation and implementation of the highest quality of service.
expertise is an indispensable resource for our clients developing IT plans.
has been deeply involved with the IT industry since 1987.
As a result of his
early experience, he
became an expert in network communications and protocols when others in the industry were just learning how to use their first computer.
Armed with this expertise, Irvine
entered the consulting world working for companies like Network General and Advantis, performing detailed network analysis, design and troubleshooting.
Since then, Irvine
has filled MIS and CIO positions at multiple facilities and has managed more than 100 technicians and thousands of devices.
has led multiple project teams, such as the largest Microsoft Directory migration project ever.
In 2008, Irvine was selected to join the National Cyber Security Task Force, a joint operation between the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Digital Vulnerability Series Wrap-Up
Last week, Jerry Irvine, Prescient Solutions CIO and Partner and member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Cyber-Security Leadership Council, discussed this topic on WGN-TV's hack week.
Check out the videos below:
discusses the top three password tips to keep your account secure.
Jerry Irvine is the CIO with Chicago based Prescient Solutions, an IT company.
calls himself a geek and a white hat hacker and roote out weak spots in his
We invited Irvine
Gave him an office and asked him to get to work to see what he
could learn about our building's Wi-Fi and what's moving throughout it.